Summary of Free Ride

How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back

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Free Ride book summary
How did you help destroy culture today?


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Journalist Robert Levine knowledgeably argues that ideology, inaction, misunderstanding and self-interest have created a dangerous situation in which technology is destroying culture. Fortunately, the culture industry can survive if it takes action. In this factually grounded report, Levine passionately urges the culture community – from big publishers to guitar players – to act in its own best interests and to protect its products. getAbstract recommends his treatise to those involved in culture, futurists and anyone interested in a healthy economy where creativity pays.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Internet has led to a change in the culture industry;
  • What trends are evolving in music, television and news media; and
  • What you can do about it.


The Problem with the Online World
Once upon a time, TV, radio, film and music were highly profitable businesses, fertile with cultural innovation. During the 1980s and 1990s, for example, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) produced numerous hit shows – including Friends, <...
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About the Author

Robert Levine, a former executive editor of Billboard, is a features editor at Wired. He has written numerous articles for The New York Times, Fortune, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone.

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